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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fall creek

Fall leaves bring color to a small waterfall along Deer Creek in Roseburg, Ore., on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.

Sometimes I can't decide which photo I like best, so I just post both.

Monday, October 28, 2013

It's a small world

A very small ant climbs on the underside of an upturned mushroom on a damp forested hillside near Elkton in southwestern Oregon on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. Fall brings the rainy season to the Pacific Northwestern United States. 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

1000th blog post

This posting marks the 1000th update to my photo blog. These photos come from my five most popular posts. The site has had 182,487 total page views since inception. I started the blog at about the time I ended my 20-years as a newspaper photographer. 
The northern spotted owl from July 2010 is the number one most viewed page on my blog. Due to the continued interest in the spotted owl, this posting continues to get numerous "hits" daily. 
Real live ALIENS! No, not really. My post from the U.F.O. Museum in Roswell, New Mexico has been very popular. Apparently people spend a lot of time searching for photos of aliens on the internet. 

My blog post of an emu from Wildlife Safari continues to be popular. The big bird was attempting to get a taste of my Nikon.
Who doesn't love a cool bobcat skull? This post, with several photos of my animal skull collection, is the 4th most popular post on my blog. 
In June of 2010 I traveled to the Gulf of Mexico to cover the Deepwater Horizon oil spill for My photos from the spill have been published worldwide on websites and in magazines. 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Fall spider

With colorful fall leaves in the background, a spider hangs in its dewdrop coated web in a field along the Umpqua River near Elkton, Ore., on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Bug's life

A praying mantis stalks prey in a pasture in rural Douglas County near Elkton, Ore., on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. Preying mantises are strictly predatory and feed mainly on insects. Larger mantis species are known to capture and kill lizards, frogs, birds, snakes, fish, and even rodents.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Climate change steelhead

Climate change activists and citizens gather around a 150-foot long depiction of a native steelhead trout displayed on the front lawn of the Douglas County Courthouse in Roseburg on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. The big fish is made up of over 1000 individual panels created by local school children and adults. The project was put together by the Douglas County Global Warming Coalition to help raise awareness about climate change.  

Closeup of one of the over 1000 panels.

I also made a video from the event....

Thursday, October 10, 2013


The blast from a 12-gauge shotgun pulverizes zucchini and summer squash during a demonstration at a private shooting range near Roseburg, Ore., on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013.
Shot at 1/8000th of a second with my Nikon D4.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Yellow-faced bumblebee

A yellow-faced bumble bee forages on an artichoke flower in a backyard garden at a home near Roseburg. The yellow-faced bumble bee is found in the western United States and British Columbia.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Oregon hazelnuts

A few years ago we planted several acres of hazelnuts on our ranch in southwestern Oregon. The tree are just starting to produce nuts. We only have a few this year, but next year we may have an actual crop.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Dewdrop in

A dewdrop coated spider probes a ladybug caught in its web in a pasture on a farm near Roseburg, Ore., on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013.

I love patterns in nature and dewdrops on spider webs are especially cool.